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CamelBaks(13 posts)

May 24, 2003 12:09 PM
I like my CamelBak for MTBing. Do road cyclist ever use CamelBaks? I am thinking of getting a smaller one like their Siren, HydroBak (both 50oz), of the 70oz Classic. Does anyone ever see these in rides or races?
re: CamelBaksSoter
May 24, 2003 1:08 PM
I saw plenty of people using them on the NorthEast AIDSRide when I went. I stuck with two water bottles, because I find it annoying to have anything other then a jersey on my back for more then 75 miles ;)!
May 24, 2003 1:49 PM
On rides of less than 50 miles, two water bottles will be plenty.

On rides over 50 miles on rural roads where convenience stores are not a guarantee, yes.

On rides over 50 miles where I am sure there are convenience stores, no.

I ride in Texas where it can be quite hot and dehydration is contantly on my mind. Some will say that the camelback will make you hotter requiring more hydration, but considering the thing holds 70 oz of water I feel any additional sweat lost due to the camelback is easily made up by it's capacity.
Or Attends...filtersweep
May 25, 2003 6:56 PM
I thought you were just pointing out a few other "conveniences" to take along...
re: CamelBaksAkirasho
May 24, 2003 1:50 PM
... the number of roadies using them increases each year...

Road cycling has "traditions" that sometimes cause resistance to change... I've used one for years... but currently use a fanny hydro... keeps the back clear and takes a bit of stress off my shoulders (no issues with belt around middle on long rides).

Be the bike.
re: CamelBaksSteve Bailey
May 24, 2003 2:44 PM
I started using a C-Back on the road when I spent my summers in Santa Fe, NM and needed to carry more then 2 bottles worth of water. I never found it too hot and liked the fact that the liquid stayed cold for 1-1/2 hrs. or so, even with the sun beating down.

I'm generally OK with 2 x 24oz. bottle on a 2 hrs. ride, if it's not too hot out, but will switch to a C-back for longer rides and/or on days when the sun will quickly heat up a water bottle.

Steve B.
re: CamelBakslexington476
May 24, 2003 3:36 PM
What about in races?
re: CamelBaksMy Dog Wally
May 24, 2003 4:23 PM
I live in cool-weather Seattle, and I still don't ride my road bike without a CamelBak. The last thing I want to be thinking about is whether or not I should be conserving my water, because I'm not sure if I can refill the bottles. If you're comfortable wearing a C'Bak, why not use it everywhere? It's one less thing to worry about.
Like a helmet for your spine.DERICK
May 24, 2003 7:14 PM
I use mine every ride.Even on fast group rides. It holds everything I need and I'm so used to it that I'd rather drink from it than a bottle. Plus it's like a helmet for your spine. I really like my spine.
re: CamelBaksSpoiler
May 24, 2003 7:57 PM
Now that summer is approaching in Tucson, I HAVE to use one. On some of my rides there are 20 mile stretches between available water breaks. Two water bottles is not enough in this heat. I have the Siren. For someone who hasn't use one, it takes a couple rides to get used to, but after that, it isn't too noticable. I still look forward to the winter riding when I don't have to wear it.
re: CamelBaksJay18
May 25, 2003 7:20 AM
For me, the main plus for the CamelBak is that taking a drink doesn't require taking my eyes off the road. I generally need to look down, at least for an instant, to replace the water bottle in it's holder. The minus for the CB is the weight on my back. I just started using it this year, and we haven't had any really hot weather yet. I don't know if it will be plus or minus when it's in the 90s.
re: CamelBaksTREKY
May 25, 2003 9:52 AM
Any ride over 2 hours I will bring my Lobo.I like the fact that I can take 70 oz. plus two water bottles and not have to worry about water for the entire ride.I've done 70 mile plus rides with the Lobo and never had any comfort problems.Definitely a plus on your long rides.The peace of mind on your ride is well worth it.It also has alot of room for food and essentials.
I wanted a pack more "roadie" in nature...ArvinC
May 26, 2003 5:51 AM I went with the Air Scoop from Hydrapak. You can read more about it at During my ten years of MTB'ing, I always used a Camelback, like the MULE. I just wasn't used to riding with water bottles anymore.

It has support pads made of Coolmax that raise the pack off your back, so it doesn't ride "hot." Plus, because it's made of neoprene, it actually gets smaller as you drink. Some of the guys at my LBS wear it under their jerseys because it's so form-fitting.

At any rate, I agree with the posters above in saying that I see more and more road cyclists using hydration packs, especialy as the weather has gotten warmer.